Posted January 14, 2018 at 09:30 AM | Updated January 14, 2018 at 09:30 AM
Deuce runs loose, “Bring the Wood” and oh what could have been.
A mixture of triumph and heartbreak follow the New Orleans Saints in their sixth NFC Divisional playoff game in franchise history today when they face the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Saints carry an all-time record of 2-3 in the postseason’s second round.
Here’s a look back at the Saints’ history in this round:
Jan. 6, 2001 – Vikings 34, Saints 16
It took the Saints 34 seasons to ever win a playoff game. Simply making it to the NFC Divisional round felt like lagniappe after the Saints toppled the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the wild-card round.
New Orleans played like it tasted enough satisfaction for one season in the Metrodome.
Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss felt no fear in attacking the Saints secondary with the deep ball. The two connected on a 53-yard touchdown strike within the first three minutes. The two struck again less than two minutes into the third quarter on a 68-yard catch-and-run score by Moss, as he raced past more than half of the Saints defense.
The second Culpepper-Moss TD put Minnesota up 24-3. That was all she wrote.
Cris Carter affected the Saints just as badly with eight catches for 120 yards and one score. Culpepper ended with 303 yards passing, three TDs, no interceptions and no sacks.
Aaron Brooks threw for 295 yards and two TDs. He also tossed two interceptions and took two sacks.